DIY Childs Silhouette with Video Tutorial

SILHOUETTE I’ve heard the phrase “kids grow up so fast” a million times but it’s completely true, so I try to come up with DIY keepsakes that will preserve different stages of my daughters childhood. I always thought those vintage silhouette pictures were cool and I wanted to find a way to make one myself. I’m sure there are several ways to make them, but this is the one that worked best for me. (If it’s too many steps or requires too many supplies I’m probably not going to try it)

Now that I’ve done this once, it would be easy to make another one now that I have the hang of it, which I plan to do for loved ones.
Why I love this: Only about $10 to make (and it’s a keepsake you’ll cherish forever), takes only about 30 minutes and no cutting machines ¬†(like the Silhouettes) are needed for this..just good ol manpower ;)
Here’s my video tutorial/TV segment showing how to create your own at home. Full instructions listed below.

Supplies Needed:

  • Profile Picture-I just printed on regular paper
  • Cardstock
  • Background Paper or Fabric
  • Picture Frame
  • X-acto Knife
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Cutting Board
  • Pen
Picture Frame

Picture Frame

Carstock, Background Paper & Profile Picture

Carstock, Background Paper & Profile Picture

X-Acto Knife-Spray Adhesive & Cutting Board

X-Acto Knife-Spray Adhesive & Cutting Board


  • Trace your child’s profile-see image below (I just took a quick pic using my cell phone and her hair was particularly wild in the front, so I just removed that from the profile. You can also add things to it like bows, etc…just a matter of drawing them in) I then just printed it out on regular paper (ignore the wonky colors from my print)
Trace outline

Trace outline

  • Attach the back of the printed picture to the card stock using the spray adhesive. Just spray a light coat on the back of the picture & press it to the card stock so the 2 sheets are glued together. (That way when you cut out the traced profile, the card stock will be cut at the same time)
  • Slowly cut out the silhouette-see image below (I cut on top of a cutting board)
    -Make sure apply enough pressure so that you cut through both the picture & the card stock.
Glue paper to card stock & cut out

Glue paper to card stock & cut out

  • Attach the silhouette you just cut to the background paper by spraying the photo side with spray adhesive, lining up in the middle & press down to seal.
  • Put together in frame & voila…You have your silhouette.



  • Don’t have kids? You could use this same method for your pets.
  • I made a traditional looking silhouette because I made it to match the room it was going in but you can easily jazz this up by using patterned paper for either the background or the silhouette itself. I plan to make others as gifts using colors/patterns & will post those examples on here after they’re complete.
  • For the paper background, I just used scrapbook paper & cut down to an 8X10 to fit the frame.

My DIY Keepsakes:

DIY Photo Canvas

Thumbprint Pendant

Salt Dough Handprint 


1 Comment on DIY Childs Silhouette with Video Tutorial

  1. mamadecreations
    March 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this idea!!! Your finished product looks so cute :) Thanks so much for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop, I hope you’re having a great weekend! :)